Thursday, June 21, 2012

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Balm in 02 Crystal Violet - Review

It's raining cats and dogs outside yet I am surrounded by beautiful Summer collections of make-up,
in Scotland Summer is very much a weekend event.
Anyway one of the aforementioned collectives for the Summer season is the Clarins Enchanted collection,
which is inspired by the Indian Festival of Colour.

The collection has 10 pieces in total ranging from subtle lip shades to beautiful bright and bronze eyeshadow
shades and with a new bronzing duo, there truly is something for everyone and today I shall be sharing 
one of the limited edition pieces which is a Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Balm.

As expected the Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Balm come wonderfully packaged in sleek shiny chrome tubes with a small disk of colour at the base which indicates the shade of the lipstick housed inside.
The packaging is slightly on the heavy side but not overly bulky but don't be fooled by the chrome finish
you can not use it as a me I've tried haha!

The Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Balm's are limited edition and only available while stocks last,
there is four shade options to choose from Crystal, Crystal Violet, Crystal Red and Crystal Coral.
Each lipstick/balm consists of a transparent jelly bullet with an intensely pigmented core of colour
both of which combine to form a tinted balm that is lightly moisturising and well pigmented.

Crystal Violet is of course a member of the purple family but it does have a slight pink tinge,
I would say that overall the tone of this shade is slightly cool but it should be okay for most skin tones.
Crystal Violet reminds me of a slightly lighter version of Mac's Up the Amp and is a great option for 
those like myself who are a little wary of purple based lip colours.

I have to be truthful and state that I did anticipate the Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Balm to be a tad more 
hydrating don't get me wrong they are not by any means drying but not as moisturising as I had hoped for. 
The texture is certainly more akin with a waxy balm and the colour pay off is similar to mediocre lipstick,
although they do feel a little waxy on the lips they are completely comfortable and lightweight.
Another surprise surrounding the formula of the Instant Smooth Crystal Balm's is that they settle to
a semi matte finish rather than being glossy but they do slick on smoothly and do not highlight flaws.
In terms of wear they preform more like a lipstick than a balm and wore for around four hours.

Product Summary 
Round Up - A combination of a lip balm and lipstick that is surprisingly matte in finish.
Best For - A light comfortable semi matte lip colour.
Pigmentation - (7/10) Well pigmented for a tinted lip balm
Availability - Sold out online but do check your local Clarins counter or retailer £16.50/3.5g

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  1. This looks really pretty and it is a colour that i don't normally go for. However, i think that the pricing is quite high considering there are alot of drugstore alternatives such as the new Maybelline Lip Crystal shines which also have a wide range of colours. I believe that topshop had a similar lipstick too. This would be nice to have if you are a collector, but i don't think it would be a product that would get much use. Thanks for sharing~x

  2. that colour is gorgeous! i've been looking for something similar!xo

  3. This is! Haha, similar to the maybelline ones which are kinda crap. xD

  4. These look so pretty in the tube, but I don't know - I'm just not keen on the finish from them. Better than the Maybelline one though, which is basically invisible!

  5. these really do look good enough to eat. They remind of jelly cubes! xx

  6. I'm honestly impressed by the pigmentation (so many of the crystal balm types products tend to be too sheer for me) but I'm not crazy about the texture (waxy) or the not-as-hydrating-as-you'd-hoped.

  7. I really like the look of these, especially this colour, not sure this one would suit me though, still a bit too purple! xx

  8. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! How nice it is this shade!!!!!!! :O:O:O

  9. love this colour so much!!
    liloo/@tsunimee xx

  10. I find lip products like these are hard to apply as the colour is in the middle so you just get a line of colour across your lips! Haha!

  11. this lipstick looks so nice, I love the colour !


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